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SYNAPSE Workshop 2015 | June 30 – July 4, 2015

Announcing _ intercalations 3 & 4

05.10.15 | PROJECT: Blog | AUTHOR: Anna-Sophie Springer

Two more volumes of Synapse’s intercalations: paginated exhibition series are coming out this fall.


Anna-Sophie Springer, Etienne Turpin (eds.)
intercalations 3: Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
With contributions by George Beccaloni, Lucy Davis, Fred Langford Edwards, Matthias Glaubrecht, Mark von Schlegell & The Slave Pianos, Anna-Sophie Springer, Rachel Thompson, Etienne Turpin, Satrio Wicaksono, and others.
ISBN 978-0-9939074-3-2
In English, € 15.99

Reverse Hallucinations in the Archipelago reflects on the changing role of colonial natural history collections in the current ecological crisis called the Anthropocene. The volume features a long essay, “The Science of Letters,” by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin, which considers in parallel the histories of scientific publications and personal letters sent by European naturalists from the tropics in order to discern a schizophrenic dilemma at the core of the colonial-scientific project. Alongside the essay, the book includes a science fiction graphic novella by Mark von Schlegell, Iwank Celenk, and The Slave Pianos (with Punkasila) about a futurist entomological meltdown. Photographer Fred Langford Edwards presents a series of works documenting tropical specimens held in the natural history collections of the British Natural History Museum, while artist Lucy Davis uses DNA tracking and oral history to retrace the path of teak furniture from Singapore to Indonesian plantations. Also featured in the collection are interviews with the director of the Wallace Correspondence Project and entomologist George Beccaloni, and the geologist Satrio Wicaksono, who discuss, respectively, the history of biological specimen collecting and a drilling project in the Malay archipelago which recently obtained 300 meters of soil samples containing 700,000 years of Nusantara climate history. To compliment these collections, filmmaker and anthropologist Rachel Thompson adds a two-part composition relaying the Javanese osteo-mythology of the Dutch paleoanthropologist Eugène Dubious. Finally, the volume includes an original translation (from German) of a text by Matthias Glaubrecht, Director of the Hamburg Center for Natural History, which outlines the maddening rate of species extinction in the rapidly transforming Malay world.


Anna-Sophie Springer, Etienne Turpin (eds.)
intercalations 4: The Word for World Is Still Forest
Berlin: K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015.
With contributions by Sandra Bartoli, Shannon Lee Castleman, Erle Ellis, Dan Handel, Katie Holten, Eduardo Kohn, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yanni Alexander Loukissas, Abel Rodriguez, Paulo Tavares, and others.
ISBN 978-0-9939074-5-6
In English, € 15.99

The Word for World Is Still Forest takes its title from Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1972 novella as an homage to the forest as a turbulent, multinature ontology. Moving from concepts of the forest as a thinking organism to the linear monocultural plantations that now threaten the life of global forests, the volume includes interviews with anthropologist Eduardo Kohn on perspectival multinatural semiotics and ecologist Erle Ellis on the taxonomy of anthromes, or classification zones of anthropogenically-modified landscapes. Curator Dan Handel presents an excerpted exhibition on “wood” as a vital element of forest mythology and the driver of industrial resource management. Media designer and data curator Yanni Alexander Loukissas adds a series of reflections on botanical metadata from Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. An original typography of tree forms from artist Katie Holten’s tree alphabet reconnects the paper of the book page to its forest genealogy. Brazilian architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares contributes an annotated visual composition on Amazonian human rights violations and indigenous struggle, highlighting the hybrid literacies required by resistance movements fighting illegal logging and plantations. Shannon Lee Castleman also addresses illegal logging in her photo essay on the incremental harvesting practices in the diminished tropical forests of Indonesia, while Italian landscape architect Sandra Bartoli offers a little known history of the ancient trees of the urban forest known as the Berlin Tiergarten. Columbian elder and shaman Abel Rodriguez contributes an interview with the Tropen Bos International Colombia forest conservation group, alongside a series of his drawings of medicinal plants used for botanical conservation efforts. Finally, the book includes an excerpt of Ursula K. Le Guin’s original text.

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